How can I fight back against discrimination?
If you have experienced discrimination, you can fight back.
One possibility, for example, is to file a complaint. In certain cases it is also possible to take legal action and be awarded compensation. It’s best to get support from a counseling center beforehand. Addresses can be found here.
In the case of discrimination on account of an HIV infection, assistance can also be obtained from the German HIV/AIDS Service Organization (“Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe”), an NGO.
At any event, it is advisable to tell the staff at a counseling center about the discrimination you have experienced:
- They will tell you about the possibilities there are to take action and who can provide support.
- You can also make contact with people who have had similar experiences and exchange notes with them.
- Some counseling centers offer empowerment-workshops on how to cope with discrimination and how to handle such experiences in a self-determined and self-confident way.
- By reporting discrimination, you help uncover situations that need to be addressed. It also enables counseling centers to expand and improve their services.
- It also provides an opportunity to sensitize the general public with regard to discrimination issues and to contribute to the creation of a culture of anti-discrimination.